Tom Brown

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thomas "Tom" M. Brown, Jr., 88, an Air Force Veteran of 31 years and long-time Mountain Home resident, died Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Mountain Home.

Per his request, there will be no services. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Tom was born Aug. 5, 1919, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Thomas M. and Lois S. Brown. He graduated from Ranger High School and Ranger Junior College, both of Texas.

He then joined the Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot. Tom flew gliders and C-47s in World War II.

Tom married Mary Louise Phillips on Aug. 7, 1943, in South Carolina.

In 1966, Chief Master Sergeant Brown was transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base. Upon retirement in 1971, he stayed in the state. As his wife said, "Tom loved Idaho. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, motorbiking the trails, and camping in his RV."

Tom was an active member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mountain Home, having taught classes and held positions of leadership there and in various other Baptist churches during his lifetime of assignments with the military.

Tom is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Mary Louise, of Mountain Home; his son, J. Michael and his wife, Carolyn Brown, of Green Bay, Wisc.; his daughter, Susan L. and her husband, Bill Crouse, of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Linda L. and her husband, Ed Cimbalik, of Cascade; his daughter, Deborah K. and her husband, Bob Jackson, of Twin Falls; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.